Day in history for January 2, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Our old friend John Kisler of Buffalo Prairie has brought the finest lot of hogs of the season to Rock Island. His 11 hogs, all 18 months old, averaged 361 pounds.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Charles Gray, who was the popular driver of one of Frink And Walker's stage coaches out of Rock Island in the 1850s, did not answer today when his friends said ``Good Morning, Charley,'' as he sat in his usual chair in the Maxwell House at Port Byron. He had died in his sleep in the chair.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Teams captained by Charles McHugh and Julius Junge held a clay and live bird shooting contest at Rock Island's 12th Street ball park.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The enlarged South Park Presbyterian Church in Rock Island was dedicated.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Trusties at the Rock Island County Jail were routed out for an early morning mopping detail after a broken water pipe leaked water on the floor of two offices at the courthouse. A pipe in the third floor men's washroom had broken.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Beginning next month, you'll be talking with someone in Peoria when you call the operator for directory assistance in the Illinois Quad-Cities. As part of a state-wide consolidation, the local directory assistance office in Rock Island will be closed, Illinois Bell announced today. The office will continue to handle toll calls.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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